OZARK CITY COUNCIL REGULAR SESSION
April 8, 2019
Mayor Hall opened the council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Present: Mayor Hall, Clerk Eveld, Attorney Kevin Barham, Alderpersons Nicely, Flanary, Patterson, Meeker, & Holman. Absent was Anderson.
Phillip Housdan from Crossroads Church led the invocation and youth from the same church led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Two items were addressed before anything else on the agenda, first the Bank of Ozk Resolution 2019-12 Taxback. A motion to read Resolution 2019-12 was made by Holman seconded by Meeker. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, & Flanary. Patterson voted No.
Attorney Barham read Resolution 2019-12. A motion to approve was made by Holman seconded by Flanary. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, & Flanary. Nay: Patterson
CARDS addressed the council regarding Polycarts. Patterson voiced that he did not like that the contract states only items in the carts will be picked up. Jason said they would make exceptions. Attorney Barham said that this will have to be done by resolution or Ordinance, so all the council needs to do at this point is decide is they want to go with the carts or not. A motion to table was made by Flanary seconded by Patterson. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
A motion to approve the minutes and financials was made by Patterson, seconded by Meeker, with one exception to the minutes. Meeker stated that the money taken away from for Brenda Atkinson says last year and should say 2016. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
Jody said he ordered the vehicle for his department spending $22,908.00. He is working on repairing several streets, including River, Market and Alston. He said he should have plans back next week regarding the funding from State Aid and ODOT would handle the bidding process. The street department is heading into their busy mowing season. He said that on Carter King mountain a road has washed out and on Pine Tree Lane. He will be working on those. He said the pocket park has been completed. Tyler McKinney asked bout 12th and Gibson and River Street and Jody said he would get those as soon as he could.
Chief Trotter reported that he had 40 calls in March. He said that the new fire station footing will begin being dug next week. He said his department was sized for turnouts and it should take a couple of months to get those once they are ordered. He said he wants council to create a new position. He wants a position created and approved for Assistant Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Marshall. He said that Jason Russell has some upcoming training scheduled and without the position for upper level classes he would not send Jason to the training if he can’t be moved into the new position. Roxie was advised by the attorney to address this in New Business.
Cecil was not available to report.
Chief Bramlett reported that they had been vey busy with multiple calls. He said Tim Culver resigned and he met with the school regarding that position.
The Police Department will be hosting a SWAT class next week.
Brook, Center Director reported that they had ran a special in March and there were 77 new memberships sold as a result. Silver Sneakers program has been added to the center also. She said the 20th there would be an underwater Easter egg hunt for various age groups. She is looking at doing summer passes and it was recommended the parks and rec committee meet to discuss that.
Commissions & Committees:
Meeker reported on behalf of the personnel and policy committee that they feel the sick leave should be open ended and not limited to 480 hours. He said that they had job descriptions for all jobs, and that the mayor and city clerk jobs were defined by state statute. This committee will meet again on the 25th of April at 5:00 p.m.
He also noted that Jody said that Brasseaux position was not a promotion but rather the 4% raise he recommended for Brasseaux was done as his supervisor and for a licensure, not a promotion.
Nicely moved to give Michael the 4% increase seconded by Meeker. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
Cemetery Software Update. Jody reported that Jim Higby is still inputting data and should have it completed in a month.
Learner Center Reroof:
Charles Ketter, Pam Minshew and Sonja Leding all from the Learning Center took the podium. They reported that the center brings a lot of business to the city and utilize several businesses in the city. They feel they contribute to the economics of the city and would like the city to reconsider supporting the grant, so they can repair the roof and damage caused by leaks. Susan responded that they understood the grant wouldn’t be enough to repair the roof and that it would block the city from receiving grants in 2020 if needed.
Motion to read Ordinance 2019-8 was made by Patterson seconded by Nicely. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
Attorney Barham read Ordinance 2019-8. Holman motioned to suspend rules and put on second ready by title only. Nicely Seconded the motion. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
Barham read by title only Ordinance 2019-8. A motion to adopt was made by Holman seconded by Patterson. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
A motion to adopt the emergency clause was made by Holman seconded by Patterson. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
Mayor Hall then asked for a motion to add Assistant Fire Chief position to the Agenda. Patterson made the motion seconded by Holman. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
Nick said that there were many duties that only he could perform and if they allow him to promote Jason Russell, Jason would be a mirror image of Nick regarding abilities to perform all chief duties. Susan doesn’t want to proceed because she feels this would be guaranteeing a promotion and she doesn’t feel council should do this. Trotter said he just wants Jason to be compensated for upper level training. City attorney Barham said if Jason is receiving a check from the city then he is being compensated for his job. Patterson withdrew his motion.
Mayor Hall said this should go to committee.
Employee of the Month:
Street: JD McKean
Community Center: Kent Lane
Fire: Jason Russell
Police: Tyler Ingram
Water: Andy Murphy
Gar Creek Bass Club:
Mr. Warden and Mr. Leding from the club took the podium. They said they had to have council approve building a dock since the city is in contract with the Corps. Sandy has been working with them to get a grant to fund the project. The bid last year was $19,235.00 and was given to them by Butch with Super Docks.
They said the old dock also needs to be repaired. They want the city to agree to the upkeep of a new dock if built. Holman moves to support the dock seconded by Flanary. Patterson said he would consent provided the city doesn’t have to add any funding to it. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
Daylight Donut Parking
On the 29th of March Mayor Hall and Chief Trotter closed the alley behind the donut shop. This has affected the daylight donut business tremendously because his drive through is in that alley. She said that they would like to put a sign in the courthouse parking across from the donut shop, so the shop employees can run out orders to customers. This would be temporary and be from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Susan feels that we might get some negative feedback on this from businesses near the donut shop. Patterson moved to allow the temporary parking for 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. for the donut shop until the alley is safe, seconded by Meeker. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
Roy Day said he would like to be on the agenda for May regarding maintenance of Gar Creek Lane.
Mayor Hall announced she is having three vendors present their IT services on April 18th to the council and she wants a special council meeting on the 22nd so council can select an IT service.
Patterson moved to adjourn seconded by Flanary. On a roll vote, the following voted: Aye: Holman, Meeker, Nicely, Flanary & Patterson.
Passed and APPROVED this May 6th, 2019.
Mayor Roxie Hall
City Clerk Sonya Eveld